Does your dog have fleas?

IMG_7114It is a problem that we dogs do not like to talk about but the facts are fleas can occur on all dogs and cats. Here are some very important tips for you and your owner to remember about the best flea control for dogs:

  • Research has shown that only 10% of the fleas are on the dog or cat, the rest are in the carpet, drapes, and upholstery.
  • Your owner must bathe you (I know some of us just hate taking a bath), wash the bedding, and vacuum the house and furniture thoroughly.
  • Keep the grass cut low to reduce chance of fleas breeding and easily moving from the grass to us animals.
  • Heavy chemical baths are not necessary.
  • A simple bath in dishwashing liquid will kill the fleas and if you leave the suds on 10 minutes before rinsing you can be certain that the killing job is complete.
  • Never use dog flea products on cats.

One Lucky Dog Bakery has some great all natural spa products which include shampoos and flea treatments.  Just call or stop in, we’ll be glad to answer any questions.
The most important thing to remind your owner is that because you endured the bath you absolutely must be given a wheat free dog biscuit from One Lucky Dog Bakery. The problem may not be fleas but an allergy to wheat in the dog food.

Does your dog have ear infections? Part 2

IMG_7114To avoid ear infections after bathing clean ears with cotton balls soaked in witch hazel or hydrogen peroxide half diluted with water. For flop eared dogs you can use a clothespin to hold the earflaps to allow air to dry the inside of the ears. Pin to the hair not the skin. Another trick is prior to the bath put a cotton ball soaked in olive oil inside the ear. Remove the ball after the bath and thoroughly dry the ears.

The following are formulas from Dr. Richard Pitcair to resolve ear mites in dogs or cats. Use formula one for the first three days, do nothing for three days and then use formula two for three days. Wait ten days and repeat the sequence.

Formula 1 – Place the following in a one once eye dropper bottle, days 1,2,3:

·¾ ounce of almond oil
·¼ ounce of olive oil.
·400 IU vitamin E (puncture a capsule)
·Refrigerate the mixture for storing.
·Warm before using by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water.
Formula 2 – Place the following in an eyedropper, days 7,8,9.

·2 teaspoons ground dried Rue.
·5 teaspoons witch hazel extract.
·1 cup boiling water.
·Steep the Rue in boiling water for 15 minutes, then strain and add the witch hazel.
·Refrigerate the mixture for storing.
·Warm before using by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water.
Vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are excellent to resolve ear problems are:

·Vitamin E (open the capsule) makes a soothing and healing ear medication. Use it after cleaning the ears with vinegar or peroxide or witch hazel.
·Mullein and garlic ear oil is available at most health food stores and it works on pets ears. Make sure you clean the ear canals of discharge and wax before using.
·Garlic oil is especially useful when the infection is due to fungus or yeast. The fungus or yeast in the ears is usually caused by chronic wetness in the ears.
That’s enough playing doctor for the day. It is time for me to get back to my more important job, tasting our great tasting and smelling grain free dog biscuits.

Does your Dog have ear infections? Part 1

IMG_7114The obvious signs of ear infections are head shaking, pawing or scratching the ears, odor, brown discharge, redness or swelling inside the ear flap. Ear infections can be caused by injury, a foreign body (ticks or plant material), bacterial infection, and fungal infection or by mites. Fungus infections inside the ear may be caused by leaving water in the ear after a bath or by too many antibiotic treatments.

If your dog has chronic ear infections that are bacterial or fungal related this is probably a sign of a reduced immune system and may have been caused by food allergies. We have eliminated wheat, corn, and soy in our gourmet dog biscuits to eliminate dog treats as a cause of food allergies since most dogs are allergic to wheat, corn, and soy.

Ear mites are tiny parasites that cause a crumbly dark brown discharge from the ear and cause intense itching. If both ears are infected it is very possible mites are the problem. This is especially true for cats. Mites are contagious to other pets in the house and mites can travel to the body of the pet. See your Vet to treat the ears and bathe the pet with an anti flea preparation. Natural preparations contain citrus oils or aromatherapy oils and these do work. Bathe the pet once a week for three weeks even after the mites have been treated.

Since this is a long subject I’ll finish this next time and include a couple of home formulas. In the meantime keep eating our all-natural dog treats.

Does your pet have allergies? Part 3

IMG_7114Here are some easy tips for some common allergies:

  1. Fleas – A daily dose of garlic in the diet or apple cider vinegar in the water bowl will make us dogs resistant to fleas. If you check the ingredient list of our gourmet dog biscuits you will find garlic and this is one of the health reasons why we use garlic in our dog treats.
    Instead of using chemical flea collars try an herbal collar scented with aromatheraphy oils of Pennyroyal, Citronella, cedar or eucalyptus.
  2. Skin Allergies -Kelp in the diet is important to relieve any skin and scratching allergies.Anitra Frazier offers a lemon rinse for itchy skin. Massage in lemon rinse, an herb tea made by pouring a pint of boiling water over thinly sliced lemons, skin and all. Let stand 24 hours.
    The above tips come from a book I had recommended to you in a previous blog. The book is ” The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats” by Diane Stein.

Stacey uses this book and many others to come up with the best healthy dog treats that she can make for Jane, Knight, Cookie, and me. After we test them you receive the benefits from our gourmet dog bakery.

Does your pet have allergies? Part 2

IMG_7114The message today is so important that I want to keep it short so that you will remember what causes problems for us dogs and cats.

Top pet allergy researcher Alfred Plechner states that the following are primary allergens for dogs and cats:

Dogs: Wheat, Corn, Beef, Pork, Turkey, Fish, Yeast.

Cats: Tuna, Beef, Pork, Turkey, Yeast

Just check out the ingredient list of the gluten free dog biscuits you buy from One Lucky Dog Bakery and you will not find any of the above ingredients. There is an 80% chance that the #1 allergen (wheat) for dogs is in both your dog food and the dog treats you currently buy and it is causing problems for your pet. Bottom line is we care about the health of your favorite companion and we keep all of the above out of our gourmet dog treats.

List of 10 tips to help your dog live longer

IMG_7114The facts are we dogs do not live very long when compared to our owners. Losing a dog causes a lot of pain for our owners and the other dogs in the house. Therefore it is very important that we do all the little things correctly to add significant time to our lifespan.

  1. Feed us the best food you can afford. My owner decided on raw chicken and fresh veggies and it really works for me. This may not be the best for your dog but please check out the labels on any dog food you buy. The chemicals and byproducts in some of these products really scare me. Bet you thought I couldn’t read.
  2. Do not overfeed us. Being overweight will create a lot of health problems and these can take years off our lives.
  3. We need exercise but remember we are older so make adjustments.
  4. You brush you teeth daily and our teeth need attention also.
  5. We need to be involved with your life as much as possible. If we are happy and active we will live longer.
  6. Fleas and ticks can cause really problems. Be watchful and you will be rewarded with years of great love from us.
  7. Research your breed data. Almost all breeds have particular issues that may develop with age, be aware of what these are and do what you can to reduce their affect.
  8. We can develop arthritis just like you so supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin can help. I have taken Myristin and it has worked wonders for me.  Ask us about it at the store in Medina, Ohio.
  9. Make sure we have all the vaccinations as per the prescribed schedule by your Veterinarian.
  10. Chose your Veterinarian with care. He or she should love pets, is someone you trust, and whom you feel very comfortable around.

Please note that I have not listed these in order of importance. They are all important and will lead to many more years of licks and love from us.

PS: I highly recommend a Finn’s Chocolate Dream from One Lucky Dog Bakery after all that exercise.